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Today’s News - Thursday, January 26, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days; we'll be back Tuesday, January 31.

•   McKibben minces no words about "the steady demolition of 50 years' worth of environmental protection" under Trump: there's "a new day dawning, and we're sure as hell not going to use any of that sunlight for energy."

•   Green parses "the domestic debate over climate change and the economic impact of environmental regulations," which "has reached a fever pitch."

•   A bright note in a sea of bad news: the APA's Planners4Health initiative "will focus on greater coordination between planners and public health professionals at the state level" (but is CDC funding now frozen?).

•   A Kresge Foundation's report rates American urban-focused professional associations re: their focus on climate change issues: "few have adopted a holistic approach that includes adaptation, mitigation and the explicit consideration of social justice" (AIA, ASLA, ULI, etc. make Tier 1).

•   Dunlap debuts a new NYT series of "case studies in resilient design, focused on the NYC area that offer lessons to builders everywhere" - starting with SHoP's American Copper Buildings.

•   Smallenberg cheers "NACTO Global Street Design Guide": despite "a few faults," it is an "invaluable guide" that "will help in reducing the guess work and sometimes incorrect assumptions when it comes to how streets really work."

•   Jolliffe parses whether architects are "victims of their own rhetoric" by turning off the public with their "unintelligible, self-serving language" (with "hyperbolic vortex" and "tectonically honest place-making" - is there any doubt?).

•   The U.K.'s Twentieth Century Society issues its Buildings at Risk 2017 list (better photos might make it more convincing).

•   The 2017 International Garden Festival in Reford Gardens, Québec, will include six "Playsages" by six international teams.

•   Kilston cheers a new map by AIA Los Angeles and NOMA that showcases landmarks by African-American Architects in L.A.

•   Call for entries: an "intervention" for Revellín Plaza at Concéntrico 03, Logroño Architecture and Design Festival in Spain.

•   One we couldn't resist: Orwell's "1984" tops Amazon's bestseller list (our favorite Amazon review: "Perfect Primer for POTUS 45").

•   Weekend diversions:

•   "Phyllis Lambert: 75 Years At Work" at the Canadian Centre for Architecture offers "an autobiographical glimpse into the evolution of her ideas and work as an architect, activist, editor, and curator" (and celebrates her 90th birthday - Happy Birthday, Phyllis!).

•   Welton is looking forward to "Follies, Function & Form: Imagining Olana's Summer House" by a who's who at NYC's Center for Architecture.

•   Hess organizes the first exhibition of an FLW collaborator: "Aaron G. Green and California Organic Architecture" at the PVAC in L.A. highlights the "prolific and highly-regarded architect in his own right."

•   Kuma co-curates "Japan Unlayered" in Vancouver, "designed to be a sensory experience of Japanese culture through touch, taste, sight, sound and smell."

•   Ingalls cheers "Amplified Urbanism," LOHA's' new monograph that "makes the case that it is time to start celebrating L.A.'s offbeat urbanism."

•   7 novels every architect should read: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." "The Little Prince," and, of course, "The Fountainhead" included.

•   Diller is working on an opera for the High Line "appropriately coined the Mile Long Opera."

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